With Halloween just a few days away, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about costumes, decorations, and candy. With it comes the temptation to in all the sugary treats that come with the spooky season. Unfortunately, too much sugar can harm your dental health. However, no need to avoid your favorite treat completely. We wanted to share tips on how to protect your teeth during Halloween festivities:

1. Choose Your Candy Wisely 

If you’re looking for a sweet treat that’s tooth-friendly, choose chocolate. Sticky candies like taffy or gummy bears linger on your teeth. Chocolate rinses away easily. Plus, dark chocolate even contains nutrients that benefit your dental health.

If you can’t resist chewy candies, like ones with caramel, try opting for those that include nuts and chocolate. This combination can be easier to rinse away, helping you maintain a healthier smile. Plus, the nuts give you a protein that makes you more full. So, you are less likely to overindulge.

2. Timing is Everything

The last thing you want to do to your smile is consume candy all day long. Doing so can expose your teeth to sugar for a prolonged period. It can lead to cavities and other issues, because the sugar blends in with the bacteria in your mouth.

So, instead, treat it like a dessert to be enjoyed after a meal. This will help to minimize the risk of dental problems, plus you won’t consume as much. As a result, you can still enjoy your favorite treats without harming your smile.

3. Rinse or Brush After Eating Candy 

To protect your teeth, be sure to rinse them after eating candy. However, avoid brushing immediately. Since certain candy is highly acidic, your teeth enamel could be weakened already. Give your teeth at least 30 minutes to remineralize. If you can’t wait, rinse your mouth with water and chew sugar-free gum to freshen your breath. Once you do brush, don’t forget to clean your tongue as well.

4. Stay Hydrated 

Drinking water is crucial for maintaining healthy teeth, especially after consuming sugary treats. You can rinse away leftover sugars and acids and reduces the risk of cavities. As a result, you strengthen your oral health. Plus, water can cut down on your sugar cravings. Therefore, it is important to sip plenty of water during and after consuming treats.

5. Get a Dental Check-Up 

Make sure you schedule your post-Halloween dental checkup. We’ll professionally clean your teeth and get ahead of any problems caused by your indulgences. That way, you can enjoy your Halloween candy without too much worry. But go easy on the amount and frequency. Prioritize dental care around this candy-centric holiday, and your smile will stay healthy.

Call Skyview Dental today at 509-707-8696 for an appointment in Moses Lake, WA. You can also contact us online.